After disavowing a House of Representative candidate they'd previously backed and covered extensively, Breitbart ran a hit piece on CNN host Jake Tapper for daring to suggest that Wisconsin GOP House candidate Paul Nehlen was their "favorite."
"Fake Tapper: ‘Very Fake News’ Anchor Leads Re-Ignition of CNN Scandal," Breitbart's Wednesday headline reads. In the article, they claimed the CNN host "falsely alleged" that Nehlen is a "Breitbart favorite," despite their public disavowal and removal of Nehlen's contributor page amid fallout from his most recent act of public bigotry.
The "false allegations" stem from a tweet Tapper posted Wednesday morning, hours before news broke that Breitbart had cut ties with Nehlen.
Book blaming Jews for anti-Semitism, written by the Neo-Nazi movement’s fave “academic,” being pushed by Breitbart… https://t.co/NDRJN3GsbO— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1514379220.0
Breitbart used the falsehood-in-hindsight to take the opportunity to hammer Tapper for supposedly peddling "fake news" along with his employer.
"A series of actions by CNN operatives over the past week plus — culminating in a demonstrably false tweet about Breitbart News on Wednesday morning from Jake Tapper — have thrown the network into turmoil turning into the new year, rejuvenating a scandal that CNN had hoped was in its rear-view mirror," one lengthy sentence from the hit piece reads.
"This is how you know Breitbart isn’t upset that the candidate they openly pushed is now more openly anti-Semitic and racist," Tapper tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "Instead of contrition they attack and smear."
@jaketapper As of 90 minutes ago the updated CNN article has an editor's note. Nothing was "stealthily removed from… https://t.co/cHgIrpQhLy— Mark 'It's Not Sedition' Murphy (@Mark 'It's Not Sedition' Murphy) 1514413361.0
Soon after Breitbart ran the article, journalists and activists pointed out the hypocrisy of their claim, noting that without the alt-right's media wing, Nehlen's candidacy would be nil.
@jaketapper And here is an archived page of Nehlen's four Breitbart articles, which Breitbart tried to erase, the m… https://t.co/pYJcFG4ATk— Alex Kotch (@Alex Kotch) 1514411368.0
So Breitbart is attacking @jaketapper for saying that Paul Nehlen is a Breitbart favorite. Guess what, Jake was r… https://t.co/nTuEm9SjTz— Reagan Battalion (@Reagan Battalion) 1514412623.0